Chittagong : Nathan Lyon spun Australia to a series-levelling win over Bangladesh with a 13 wicket match-haul in the second and final Test.
Chasing 86 for victory on a deteriorating Chittagong pitch, the visitors lost their top three batsmen before completing a seven-wicket win in the final session of the fourth day. Glenn Maxwell, who hit the winning six to take his score to 25, and Peter Handscomb, on 16, made sure Australia bounced back from their loss in Dhaka last week.
But off-spinner Lyon set up the win for the Steve Smith- led side after returning career-best match figures of 13-154.
Lyon claimed 6-60 to dismiss Bangladesh for 157 in their second innings. The hosts lost their grip after bowling out Australia for 377 in their first innings without adding a run to the overnight total.
Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim managed a top score of 31 off 103 balls. But none of the other batsmen could cope with a pitch that brought joy to Lyon. Bangladesh started the day on a high, dismissing number 11 batsman Lyon in the second over of the day. But Lyon returned to pick up regular wickets as Bangladesh slipped to 83-5 at lunch.
A 54-run sixth-wicket stand between Mushfiqur and Sabbir Rahman steadied the innings briefly but an unrelenting Lyon got Sabbir stumped for 24. Mushfiqur fell to fast bowler Pat Cummins after being caught behind, leaving his side in dire straits. Mominul, who made a 61-ball 29, became Lyon’s fifth victim of the innings. Cummins and Steve O’Keefe, who combined with Lyon to wipe off the tail in the final session of play, took two wickets each.
Australia slip to No.5 in latest ICC Test rankings
Dubai : After squaring the Test series 1-1 against Bangladesh, Australia slipped one place to fifth in the latest International Cricket Council (ICC) Test rankings headed by India, according to an ICC release on Thursday.
The Kangaroos started the two-match series in fourth position at 100 points, are now on 97 points, the same as New Zealand, but behind on decimal points. Australia had to win the series 1-0 or better to remain in fourth position on the points table, which is led by Virat Kohli’s men with 125 points. South Africa is placed second at 110 points while England is third with 105 points.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh has gained five points from the series to reach an aggregate of 74 points, though it remains at the ninth spot, only ahead of Zimbabwe.
B’desh 1st inngs: 305
Aust 1st inngs: 377
B’desh 2nd inngs:
Tamim st Wade b Lyon12
Sarkar c Renshaw b Cummins9
Kayes c Maxwell b Lyon15
Hossain c Smith b O’Keefe5
Shakib c Warner b Lyon2
Mushfiqur c Wade b Cummins31
Sabbir st Wade b Lyon24
Mominul c Cummins b Lyon29
Mehedi not out14
Taijul b Lyon4
Mustafizur b O’Keefe0
Total: (all out in 71.2 overs)157
Bowling: Cummins 11-3-27-2, Lyon 33-11-60-6, O’Keefe 22.2-6-49-2, Agar 5-1-9-0
Aust 2nd inngs
Renshaw c Mushfiqur b Shakib22
Warner c Soumya b Mustafizur8
Smith c Mushfiqur b Taijul16
Handscomb not out16
Maxwell not out25
Total (for 3 wkts in 15.3 overs)87
Bowling: Mustafizur 5-1-16-1, Shakib 6-1-35-1, Taijul 4- 0-26-1, Hossain 0.3-0-10-0.